Young Dawkins is a prize-winning poet who has published and performed his work in the US, Britain and Australia.
After obtaining his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire in 1987, Young participated in the Frost Place Summer Festival of Poetry and was awarded the 2001 Poetry Prize by the Seacoast Writers Association. In 2005, he was honoured with the creation of a Graduate Creative Writing Prize in his name at the University of New Hampshire.
His debut poetry collection, The Lilac Thief, was published in 2009 and the title poem was included in the 2008 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. Another poem from the collection, Letter to My Unborn Child, was selected by Garrison Keillor for his Writer’s Almanac and broadcasted to millions of listeners on NPR. Young’s work has also been published in several US literary journals, including Currents and Concrete Wolf. He was a central figure in the New Hampshire beat revival movement, where he helped found the Jazzmouth poetry festival in 2005, before moving to Scotland and becoming a regular in the Scottish performance poetry scene.
Young was the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Champion, and in June 2011 represented Scotland at the Slam Poetry World Cup in Paris. In August 2011, he performed a week-long solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and he organised and hosted the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam from 2011-2013. Now based in Tasmania, Young was the 2014 Hobart City Slam Champion, and a guest poet at the 2016 Tasmanian Poetry Festival. He was also chair of the Tasmanian Writers Centre Board in 2016. He lives in Hoabrt with his wife and young son.